At an impressive 820 feet high and 60 stories, the recently completed Tower 1 in Vienna’s Danube (Donau) City is the tallest building in Austria. Above and below are two images of the new building along the Danube.
Congratulations to Chris for being the first person to correctly identify City #36. Here is City #37 for your consideration. Good luck!
Scheduled to launch in Greater Lansing on Earth Day, 2014 (Tuesday, April 22nd), Go Green Trikes, LLC (here’s the Facebook weblink) is the brainchild of local green business entrepreneur, Yvonne LeFave. Utilizing heavy-duty electric-assisted cargo trikes capable of carrying loads of up to 600 pounds, Go Green Trikes will provide prompt and sustainable delivery services throughout the urban heart of Greater Lansing – essentially an area bounded by I-96 on the south and west, I-69 on the north and Van Atta Road to the east. Here’s a maplink of the service area.
These are not your childhood tricycles folks, but industrial-grade cargo trikes designed to efficiently serve businesses while avoiding the tangles associated with trucks and street traffic. They also allow for door-to-door delivery of goods without the hassle of blocking lanes and/or customers in the process.
According to Yvonne, Greater Lansing will be at the very forefront of this cutting-edge form of “last mile” delivery/logistics service. Within North America, cargo trike delivery services such as Go Green Trikes only operate currently in Portland, Oregon (B-line); Vancouver, British Columbia (Shift Urban Cargo Delivery); Boston (Metro Pedal Power); and New York City (Revolution Rickshaws). Needless to say, Greater Lansing will be in good company, while also being the smallest urban center to support such an exciting and sustainable business venture.
If early indications are a guide, it appears Go Green Trikes, LLC will be pedaling off to a successful start, as they already have three clients lined up to date. So, starting April 22nd, keep an eye out for Yvonne LeFave as she plies her way about area streets and bike trails. Kudos to her for setting a sustainble standard for all of us to strive for!
Spoiler alert- if you don’t want to know the answers to “can you guess the city,” please do not read any further.
The list of correct answers provided below will be updated regularly so you can check your answers as new cities are added.
Answers will no longer be listed in follow-up posts or in updates to the original questions so That others who wish to participate at a later date can enjoy the fun, as well.
1. Houston, Texas, USA
2. Paris, France
3. Boston, Massachusetts, USA
4. Manila, The Philippines
5. Monterrey, Mexico
6. St. Louis, Missouri, USA
7 and 8. Beijing and Tianjin, China
9. Cape Town, South Africa
10. Denver, Colorado, USA
11. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
13. Naples, Italy
14. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
15. Auckland, New Zealand
16. Omaha, Nebraska, USA
17. Tallin, Estonia
18. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
19. Sao Paulo, Brazil
20. Adelaide, Australia
21. San Jose, Costa Rica
22. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
23. Fresno, California, USA
24. Savannah, Georgia, USA
25. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
26. Istanbul, Turkey
27. Cleveland, Ohio, USA
28. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
29. Budapest, Hungary
30, Genoa, Italy
31. Dakar, Senegal
32. Osaka, Japan
33. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
34. Santiago, Chile
35. Vladivostok, Russia
36. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Below is a very impressive satellite image of City #36. Congratulations to Allen for being the first to correctly identify City #35.
One of the first comments often heard from fellow cyclists when starting to bicycle commute was not to ride on the community’s bike pathway system because it is less safe than riding in street traffic. A whole litany of perceived dangers were cited, most commonly conflicts with vehicles entering/exiting driveways. Instead, riding amid street traffic was touted as the better and safer way to go. For those hardy souls with the skill level and nerves of steel, please feel free to ride all the busy collector roads and arterial streets that you would like to. As for the rest of us, forget about it!
This week, while reading the book entitled City Cycling, the name of the theory that appears to have fostered the pent-up angst against bikeways was discovered. First espoused in 1992, vehicular cycling (VC) theory essentially adheres to the philosophy that:
“Cyclists fare best when they act as, and are treated as, operators of vehicles.” (page 114)
While it is agreed that cyclists are operators of vehicles and should rightly be treated as so when riding on streets, the contention that they “fare best” when doing so is unsupportable. Furthermore, there is no way that everyone falls into this theory’s mold. It is simply a theory of convenience for those who prefer street cycling over other forms of bicycle riding. The frustrating part is vehicular cycling (VC) theory has largely overshadowed the utilitarian “European-style” cycling modes which promote inclusive, less stressful, and more logical non-motorized transportation network designs that most of us would prefer using as opposed to competing with motorists.
Here is a paraphrased summary of the inherent flaws of VC theory articulated in pages 114-17 of City Cycling:
“It ignores the massive evidence of the European experience.
It ignores the engineering solutions developed to improve intersection safety for cyclists.
It is preoccupied with a collision type called the ‘right hook,’ which occurs when a through-going cyclist conflicts with a right-turning motorist approaching from behind.
When first postulated it had no empirical support.
Until now , only one credible American study at first glance appears to support the [VC] theory…However, this study considers only crashes at intersections (including driveway junctions) and therefore gives a distorted view of overall safety.
A 2011 study by Lusk, et al. showed that when between-junction crashes are accounted for along with crashes at intersections, the sidewalk bikeway’s crash risk was not statistically different from the risk of riding in the street.
When the risk of riding the same direction as traffic flow was considered, the risk of riding along bikeways/cycle tracks is half that of riding in the streets.”
Thank heaven, not everyone is still buying into the VC theory. A number of American cities, such as Portland, New York City, Indianapolis, Cambridge, Davis, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC have seen the light from the European results. May many more do so and soon – hopefully bringing along county and state road agencies, perhaps even the ever-present foot-draggers at AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials). Cycling in general and utilitarian cyclists in particular, will be very thankful when they do.
For the most part, I will let these lists speak for themselves.
- Washington, DC
- Seattle, Washington
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Least literate cities (all news is not so sunny from the Sunbelt):
- Bakersfield, California
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Stockton, California
- El Paso, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas